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b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_1271.jpgWaynesburg University celebrated the 165th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Tuesday, March 24. The celebration was held in the University’s Roberts Chapel.

Introduced by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee, Bishop Loran E. Mann, founder and senior pastor of the Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, served as the Charter Day speaker. During Bishop Mann’s Charter Day Convocation Address, “Get Out of the Boat,” he referenced Matthew 14:22-33, the narrative of Christ walking on water.

“In order to walk on the water, one must first get out of the boat,” Bishop Mann said. “That principle is basic to the success of any endeavor. Only those who shed the safety of containment do the impossible.”

Bishop Mann urged those present to commit themselves anew to “out of the boat, out of the box” thinking, methods and procedures.

“It begins when we become inspired by what we see. Sometimes it appears as opposition, but it’s actually God’s way of getting us where He really wants us – out of the boat,” said Bishop Mann, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University in 2010 for his desire and commitment to live out his dreams as they relate to his God-given talents and serving others.

Bishop Mann shared famous examples of “out of the boat, out of the box” thinking, including Wilbur and Orville Wright’s debut of the fixed-wing aircraft and Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.

Bishop Mann’s ministry spans more than forty years and includes spiritual, educational, social and recreational components.

He is actively involved in the worldwide ministry of the Church of God in Christ. In April of 2000, he was appointed Commissioner of Television for the denomination by Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the General Assembly, the legislative branch of the church.

In March 2005, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell appointed Bishop Mann as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission. This commission and his oversight establishes policy for all public television stations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bishop Mann began global ministry in 2005 when he established the Worldwide Gospel Network to provide religious programming via internet around-the-clock, seven days a week.

A respected former broadcast journalist, Bishop Mann received numerous awards over his twenty-one year career as News Anchor/Reporter for WPXI-TV, Channel 11, the Pittsburgh affiliate of NBC.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_JA_press_5.jpgWaynesburg University will host a concert, “An Evening with Jared Anderson,” Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free with representation of a ticket, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Anderson, a Christian worship leader from Colorado Springs, Colo., grew up in New Life Church where he served for many years as part of New Life Worship and the Desperation Band. An alumnus of Oral Roberts University, Anderson has been writing and recording songs that have been recognized by the Christian Copyright Licensing International Chart.

Anderson has released four solo albums with Integrity Music, titled “Where to Begin,” “Where Faith Comes From,” “Live From My Church” and “The Narrow Road.” Anderson’s newest single, “Where I am Right Now,” is available for purchase online.

Anderson also wrote the hit songs “Ready Now,” “Glorified” and “Amazed,” and collaborated with New Life Worship to write “The Great I Am,” “Overcome” and “Love Devine.”

Visit http://waynesburg.ticketleap.com/jared-anderson/  to order tickets or for more information.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_monogram.jpgWaynesburg University’s student newspaper, the Yellow Jacket, was recently recognized with five awards from two preeminent professional journalism organizations.

The student-run paper was named a finalist for two top regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and was awarded three statewide awards for individual excellence in reporting from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA).

Selected as a finalist for the Region 4 Mark of Excellence Award for Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper by SPJ for the second consecutive year, the Yellow Jacket will learn how it placed in its region later in March at a conference at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. First place regional winners will move on to the national SPJ competition.

"These two consecutive awards show great progress not just at the paper, but in our own development as journalists," said Nick Farrell, senior communication major and executive editor of the Yellow Jacket. "I have no doubt that those staff members who choose to continue careers in journalism after college will continue the success we started here."

Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication and co-advisor for the Yellow Jacket at Waynesburg University, said that the Best All-Around category "is basically a best-in-show award that takes into account the entire paper and is judged regardless of school."

"Last year's winner, for example, has an enrollment of 28,000, and we were right there behind them with only 1,500," Szuminsky said. "For us to be one of the three finalists for this award means we've got one of the three best non-daily student newspapers in a four-state region for back-to-back years – that's pretty impressive for a small school such as this."

SPJ also named the Yellow Jacket a finalist in the Best In-Depth Reporting (Small School) category for the coverage of Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee’s inauguration last spring.

SPJ presents the Mark of Excellence Awards annually, honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.

Additionally, PNA recognized the Yellow Jacket with three Student Keystone Press Awards in Division II, the category for four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000 students within the commonwealth.

The Yellow Jacket’s PNA awards include first place in the category "Ongoing News Coverage" for the series "Administration overhauls academic calendar" by Farrell, John Lydic, Jacob Meyer and Kimmi Baston; first place in the "Feature Story" category for "Nursing a life of stress" by Rebecca Burcham; and an honorable mention for sports story "Jacket football writes history with a tale of two kicks" by Farrell.

"It's hard to overstate how proud I am of these student journalists," Szuminsky said. "To win two first place awards and an honorable mention in such diverse categories speaks to the depth and breadth of the coverage of the Yellow Jacket that the students put out each and every week. They pour so much of their time and talent into the newspaper that it's incredibly gratifying to see them recognized for their work at a state-wide level."

The Student Keystone Press Awards contest recognizes high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers.

"As editor, few things have been more gratifying than these awards," Farrell said. "They're a reminder of how important good journalism is in our society and how much my classmates and I have grown through our instruction at Waynesburg. I hope that future writers at the Yellow Jacket continue to evolve with the paper, not for the sake of awards, but for the betterment of our campus community."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_monogram.jpgBeginning in the fall of 2015, Waynesburg University will offer a new master’s degree in Criminal Investigation.

“The master’s degree in Criminal Investigation is a 30-credit program that will distinguish our University from many others in the region that offer graduate level courses beyond Criminal Justice, Criminology or Police Administration,” said James Tanda, instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University. 

Criminal Investigation is a 500 level graduate program for professionals and students who have completed the requisite undergraduate courses in Criminal Justice Administration or have comparable training, skills or professional experience relating to the field.

The program consists of courses such as Advanced Criminal Investigation, Advanced Crime Scene Investigation, Advanced Interview and Interrogation, Research in the Justice System and Effective Criminal Profiling. 

Students pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Investigation will learn about ethical decision-making and leadership in the field as well as build upon their interview and interrogation skills.

“This unique blend of advanced level courses from each discipline creates an exclusive opportunity for students, police officers and other professionals in the field to obtain a Master’s Degree in Criminal Investigation, not offered anywhere outside of Waynesburg University,” said Tanda.

The Criminal Investigation courses will be offered at Waynesburg University’s main campus as well as the Southpointe, Monroeville and Seven Fields centers. Select courses can be completed online.

For more information, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/graduate/graduate-majors/master-of-arts-in-criminal-investigation or contact Tanda at jtanda@waynesburg.edu or Adam Jack, chairperson for the Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department and assistant professor of criminal justice, at ajack@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_monogram.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership is pleased to announce the third annual Summer Continuing Legal Education course in England at Cambridge University from August 2 to 7, 2015.

This five-day program, held at Jesus College, Cambridge University, explores the essential contemporary and historical attributes of American, English, and European law in a wide-ranging discussion among distinguished jurists, academic leaders, and practicing lawyers in this 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

All lawyers who share a passion for the Rule of Law would benefit from this creative legal endeavor, which has been approved for 12 hours of CLE credit (including two ethics hours) in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Distinguished speakers include:

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin
  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer
  • Sir Robin Auld, former Lord Justice, Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Virginia Circuit Judge (retired) Ann Hunter Simpson
  • Cambridge University Law Professor Catherine Barnard
  • Georgetown University Law Professor Charles Abernathy
  • Sir Anthony Holland, Financial Services Authority Complaints Commissioner

“This program provides participants with an extraordinary opportunity to explore the historical and philosophical depths of American and English law with premier jurists, eminent scholars and distinguished attorneys from both sides of the Atlantic,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, Director of Waynesburg University's Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

Please visit http://info.waynesburg.edu/cle for more information or to register for this event.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. 

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